Conbit design re-usable sea-fastening solution for monopiles

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As part of the ALE group, Conbit’s team of technical experts have designed a unique piece of equipment for optimising EU energy objectives and monopile installation.

To avoid the huge amount of ‘seafastening scrap’ remaining after each monopile installation project, the Conbit engineers came up with a solution: ‘Vickas’.

To reach the EU’s energy production objectives it is estimated that more than 6,000 new offshore wind turbines are required. At least six large projects per year need to be commissioned until 2022.

The system enables safe sea-fastening of monopiles with a large variety of diameters, without changing the sea fastening configuration. Vickas is designed to carry monopiles weighing up to 1,350t.

This innovative solution is designed in such a way that it can be used on many different type of vessels and barges, it allows for stacking monopiles, facilitates skidding and critical components can easily be replaced. Its flexibility, cost effectiveness and operational speed make Vickas a valuable contribution to any monopile transport and installation project.

Conbit, a successful structural engineering and lifting contractor who specialise in the offshore engineering and maintenance and onshore tower markets, was acquired by ALE in July 2017. Now Conbit are part of the ALE group, it means that ALE can now offer a full solution to cover all scopes of work in the sector.

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